Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Library to open in 2017

Time Out Dubai has information on plans for Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Library in 2017. Also see pictures of what the home for 1 million books will look like

The project was first approved back in July 2013 and now we’re finally getting a glimpse at what the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library will look like.

Located in Al Jaddaf, the library is expected to house at least a million books over the space of 66,000 square metres.

Judging by these indicator shots, it looks like a place even those who wouldn’t consider themselves bookworms would want to hang out at, with plenty of sunlight bursting through the glass roof and greenery all around.

The library will be seven storeys of culture that aims to serve the education and societal needs of Dubai and is due to launch in 2017.

Shaped like an open book – a very big on at that – it’s expected to draw in tourists and residents alike, using the latest technologies, Dubai Municipality dubs it a “significant mark on Dubai Tourism map”.

Visitor can also expect live library presentations, documentaries and lectures to take place there when it opens next year. There will be separate areas for children, publications and Internet services, as well as areas for open reading, a stage and cinema.

Dubai is already a literary hub with the 2016 Emirates Airline Literary Festival right around the corner.

The eighth edition of the annual gathering will be the first and biggest literature and reading orientated event of the Year of Reading. Held March 1-12 at the Dubai International Writers’ Centre and the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City, it will be the longest literary festival conducted in the Middle East with more than 150 authors confirmed to attend.

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